Seán Johnson

Seán Johnson is the new Director of the Asheville Yoga Center and is grateful and excited to be a part of AyurPrana and the Asheville yoga community. 

Seán is a respected yoga teacher, teacher trainer, studio owner, and bhakti musician who teaches internationally. 

Seán is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in his beloved hometown dubbed "New Orleans' Home for Heart-Centered Yoga & Down-To-Earth Spirituality," which has been voted "Best Place To Take A Yoga Class" in New Orleans 21 years in a row by Gambit Weekly readers. Seán is also the founder of Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching yoga with skill, heart, and imagination, that he guides with Mitchel Bleier.

He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute-Oakland with a focus on devotional singing and teaching chant as spiritual practice, apprenticing there with south Indian musician and teacher Russill Paul, author of "The Yoga Of Sound." He is the co-curator and coordinator of Putumayo World Music’s yoga music series, and a co-founder of The Auricle Collective - a global cooperative of chant and spiritual musicians exploring creative ways to uplift each others' music. Seán is also passionate about his Irish roots and ancestry, a pillar of his spirituality. He co-leads online Celtic Spirituality gatherings and retreats in Ireland each year with his friend, Ireland native Mary Meighan, founder of Celtic Journeys.

Since 2005 Seán & The Wild Lotus Band have merged conscious lyrics, sacred chants from the spiritual traditions of yoga and beyond, and roots, rock, gospel, and global grooves to create a universal style of cross-cultural spiritual music. The band includes Seán (vocals and harmonium); Alvin Young (6-string fretless bass & guitar); Gwendolyn Colman (percussion & vocals); Narada Wise (drums) and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser. They are known for creating interactive, soul-stirring songs to dance and sing along with as well as to grieve and heal. Their music has appeared on Putumayo World Music, they are the first mantra music band to play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their latest album Mystery was named one of the best albums in Louisiana music by Offbeat Magazine. 

In all these roles, Seán relishes creating a playful, tender, brave space for people to open their hearts and voices, and embrace their innate creativity.